Sometimes an actor delivers a performance so amazing it sticks with you long after it's finished. Less common (but still possible), a character has one of the best outfits you’ve seen in cinema. Even more rare, it’s just the sunglasses you notice. OK, that’s an exaggeration. Nobody actually leaves a cinema or turns off the TV and says, “Well, that kinda sucked, but did you see those glasses? I will buy the DVD just to look at them again.” Still, they’re an under-appreciated aspect of a character’s costume. Let's have a look at some of cinema's most iconic sunglasses.
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger ('The Terminator')
#ArnoldSchwarzenegger has never been the most animated actor, which would have definitely helped his portrayal of an emotionless killing machine. It’s a fair statement to say he was being out-acted by the facial accesories he wore in the #Terminator franchise.
Those sunglasses were effortlessly badass. OK, that’s a lie. The red light of the Terminator’s eye was effort on the filmmakers’ part. They also allowed for the easy construction of a cosplay. Tape some tinfoil to your face, put a sticker on some shades, and all of a sudden, you’re ready to hunt down Sarah Connor before she can give birth to the leader of the resistance.
2. Geordi La Forge ('Star Trek')
Something less practical but still a masterful display of facial fashion? Look no further than LeVar Burton’s Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge. Admittedly, attempts to imitate this look from #StarTrek would likely result in bumping into a few things — and you certainly should not drive while wearing something similar — but just look at how Burton is working it. They could have written the character as nothing more than a statue and he’d still stand out with that eyewear. It's glorious.
3. Tom Cruise ('Top Gun')
#TomCruise put forth a fine performance in #TopGun, but that was the best ad that aviator sunglasses could have hoped for. It’s OK that we can’t all fly planes and play volleyball on the beach with a bunch of ripped dudes, because those glasses are all over the shops. That cheesy soundtrack and supreme bromance can just take a seat. You don’t even need dialogue when the costume department has nailed it so much.
4. Wesley Snipes ('Blade')
You don’t even have to cover most of your face with a lens for a noticeable style. #WesleySnipes was a little more minimalist for #Blade. If they were too heavy on his face, they may have weighed him down and prevented effective vampire hunting. As if his actions weren’t cool enough, he willingly added a darkened hue to his vision for the sake of aesthetic. How can you not admire that level of commitment?
Check out the first time that these killer shades first graced the screen in this clip from Blade:
There’s a disappointing lack of iconic sunglasses gracing the silver screen at the moment. Superhero movies are currently popular, and it seems that people with powers have likely developed some kind of natural UV protection. Bring back any other genre, so costume designers can get to work on more awesome shades.
Which Pair Of Shades Do You Prefer?
(Sources: Focus Clinics)